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Friday, October 21, 2005

The Net, The EU and The UN

The EU switched it's position this week on the internet, deciding that they also will request the ICANN and the US Commerce Department give control of domain names and addresses to a UN run council instead.

The reasoning is that if one country controls the net, they could shut others out of it. So instead of the US running the net (which we invented, and spread) a UN committee, with Iran, Cuba and China pushing for membership, would decide who gets what address blocks. Now think about your news in the last month. China is cracking down, asking Microsloth for new filtering software to censor content. They've asked Yahoo! to turn over records of use by disadents. Cuba doesn't allow most of it's folks on the net, and Iran is more restrictive than China.

These are the folks we should let run the net?

To China, the EU, et. al. FUCK OFF! The US developed, built and allowed the internet to spread, and it's works quite well. If you are so worried about bandwidth and folks being locked out, develop another that you control. You can even let it work with the existing one, I'm sure a few first year IT students could explain how translation tables could be worked to merge two networks with identical ID's on each (not easy, but not impossible). China could build their own, too.

The fact is, the UN can't manage the remodeling of it's offices (5 years behind, 300% over budget) what makes them think they could handle something complex? And why do they think the US will just hand over the keys to the Domain Name Servers?


Blogger meesterjoneser said...

Before the UN formed in NYC, the area was occupied by the Knickerbocker Beer Brewery.

I suggest dissolving the UN, and rebuilding the brewery, for the good of NY beerdrinkers and all mankind.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make sure your elected representatives understand why you don't want unelected UN bureaucrats running the internet.

Last week, Minnesota's Senator Norm Coleman introduced Senate Resolution 273, "Expressing the sense of the Senate that the United Nations and other international organizations shall not be allowed to exercise control over the Internet." The resolution was referred to the Foreign Relations Committee.

Virginia's Senator George Allen sits on the Senate's Foreign Affairs Committee.

Call him up in Washington at (202) 224-4024 or call him down in Richmond at (804) 771-2221. Either way call him up and tell him yes on S.Res.273!

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, I meant to say that George Allen sits on the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee. Oh, well, I hope you understood what I was saying anyhow ;-)

11:23 AM  

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